Creating Apache reverse proxy follows a similar procedure as Nginx. In some of the previous posts, we saw How to set up Nginx reverse proxy, so today I’m going to show you exactly the same thing but instead of Nginx, we will use Apache.
- Debian-based distro
- sudo privileges
Enable Apache proxy modules
Firstly if you don’t have enabled the
proxy Apache modules, you can do it using the following command:
a2enmod proxy a2enmod proxy_http
Create a reverse proxy
Step 1. Navigate to the Apache config directory.
sudo cd /etc/apache2
Step 2. Open your desired virtual host file. In this example I’m going to open the default one.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf
Step 3. Let’s say your application listens on port 8069 and you want to access it on port 80. Put the following configuration to create a reverse proxy:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName domain.io DocumentRoot /var/www/html/domain.io ErrorLog logs/domain.io-error_log CustomLog logs/domain.io-access_log common <Proxy *> Order deny,allow Allow from all </Proxy> ProxyPass / http://domain.io:8069/ ProxyPassReverse / http://domain.io:8069/ </VirtualHost>
Step 4. Now we need to restart the Apache server, so the changes can take effect.
service apache2 restart
Once the server is restarted you can access your app on port 80.
When it comes to reverse proxy I always prefer Nginx as a better option, but if you are more familiar with Apache you can follow the steps above, and you will achieve the same thing. Feel free to leave a comment below and if you find this tutorial useful, follow our official channel on Telegram.